Pauls Valley Democrat
Jeff Paine makes it clear he has only one agenda in his decision to run for a seat on the Pauls Valley City Council — to give back and help the community.
Paine, now only days away from turning 52 years old, knows PV very well. He grew up here, went to school here and now operates a successful business here.
His love for his hometown and desire to help in any way he can is the reason he chose to run for a place on the local council.
Paine is set to go against incumbent Hal Blevins and fellow challenger Zac Brumley during an election on April 2.
“It’s never been my dream to do this, but I saw a need,” Paine said.
“I thought about it 20 years ago, but I was just too busy to do it,” he said. “I knew someday it would be my turn to do what I can.
“When I heard no one was going to run I thought it was my turn.”
His decision was based in part on talk he heard that Blevins had indicated he might not seek another term in office.
Even with Blevins changing his mind, Paine stresses he’s not really running against the incumbent or even Brumley. Instead, he just wants to do what he can to help.
“They’ve always had decent people run for the council,” he said. “I didn’t want to run against anyone. I didn’t have an agenda. I don’t have an ax to grind with anyone. I don’t have a problem with any of the others. I think they would do a fine job.
“I don’t have a desire to campaign with this. This is more of a volunteer thing than a campaign.
“I’m just offering my time and trying to help the community.”
That desire comes from his close connection to the place he calls home.
“This town has been good to me. I grew up here. I graduated high school here. I have a successful business,” he said, referring to Paine Business Machines located in downtown PV.
“It’s time to give back. That’s why I’m on the tourism board. I chose to stay because I love Pauls Valley. I like being able to walk up and down the street and know everybody. I’ve been proud of it.”
Along with his spot on the local tourism board, Paine has also been a member of a couple of local civic clubs.
He believes that business and community experience would benefit him on the council.
One thing’s for sure, Paine simply hopes the candidate who does wind up winning does the job for the right reasons and doesn’t have a personal agenda.
“You run to serve and not to start trouble,” Paine said. “The council is not a yes and no job. It’s a come up with ideas job.
“I appreciate what the city does; they do all they can to improve and make things easier for everybody.
“I think the city does a good job. I have no complaints.”